Founded in 1911, this state-run museum reopened in 1994 after a hiatus following the Chiado fire. Notwithstanding the cool, modernist redesign by French architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte, the name - National Museum of Contemporary Art - is a little ambitious given the place's size and budget. Still, the rehang of a couple of years ago, involving 100 works from the permanent collection, offers an instructive overview of 150 years of Portuguese art - from romanticism through naturalism to neo-realism, surrealism and abstractionism - up to 1975. There are also changing exhibitions of contemporary art, and a pleasant café and patio that hosts jazz concerts on some summer afternoons.
|Venue name:||Museu do Chiado||Contact:|
R Serpa Pinto, 4
|Opening hours:||10am-6pm Tue-Sun|
|Transport:||Metro Baixa-Chiado. Bus 28E|
|Price:||€4.50; €2.25 reductions; free under-13s & all 1st Sun of mth|